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shopping without packaging: with your own containers…

Go shopping with no waste everywhere: at the supermarket, at the pack-free corner shop, at the market
Go shopping in bulk everywhere: at the supermarket, the pack-free corner shop, at the market – with the containID registration system this is convenient and very easy.

What is containID?

containID is a container identification system, which makes shopping without packaging super easy and can be implemented anywhere. It stores properties of customer-owned containers centrally in a packaging directory. Participating merchants can retrieve these packaging characteristics from this container register during the payment process. This means they know how much the registered container weighs and they can automatically subtract its tare at checkout.

containID ® is patent-protected and completely independent. It is not bound to retail chains, product providers, authorities, organisations, software manufacturers or any other parties.

Avoid packaging waste, shop with your own containers
containID declares war on packaging waste and supports purchasing with your own containers.

Does containID also work at a supermarket?

Of course it does! This is one of the reasons why it was created… 🙂 In bulk stores the temporary coupling between the containID of the customer container and the goods trade number enables simple and secure shopping without littering.

Even with small quantities of food at service counters – e.g. at fish, meat, cheese or bakery product stands – packaging-free shopping is easy as pie. The seller totals the individual items under a virtual goods code and associates this with the containID of the customer packaging.

Unpackaged goods are coupled via the electronic shelf label (ESL) with the registered container for shopping in the packaging-free supermarket.
Via the electronic price tag / shelf label (ESL, containID– compatible) the customer container is electronically linked to the EAN number of the loose goods to be filled in. The cash register recognizes your container by the containID-tag and already knows which goods are included. Now only weigh and check out.

Depending on the information available on packaging and goods, the cashier has several options for checking the plausibility of container and content.

When the containID tag is read, information on packaging and goods is displayed on the checkout screen.
After reading the containID label and weighing the filled container, the information on packaging and goods is displayed on the cash register screen. If everything is correct, the process is confirmed with OK.

How do I register my packaging?

At a containID partner (green symbol) your packaging is recorded (weight, material, appearance), you receive the containID sticker (also called containID tag) and stick it firmly on your container. On respectively inside this tag only the worldwide unique containID number is included. This can be read optically, by means of a bar code scanner or with an NFC reader.

You only need to register your container once. Afterwards you can fill loose, bulk goods into your packaging at all containID– users for an unlimited time and directly proceed to checkout.

The containID– sticker only applies to the container registered on it. It is not transferable and has a predetermined breaking point that makes it unusable if removed by force.

This is how unpackaged shopping works: Weigh your own packaging, container, can, bottle, vessel, register it, stick the containID stickers on your own containers - ready for shopping without waste everywhere.
This is how the registration of your own packaging works: Weigh, confirm, stick the containID sticker firmly onto the container – that’s it.

What data is stored in the containID packaging register and what happens to it?

containID stores packaging related, but no personal data.

Under the containID number we store the weight, the material, the appearance of the packaging and – only for the time until the payment of the contained goods – the linked goods ID. This data can only be retrieved by the seller where you are currently shopping with your packaging. The link to the goods is automatically deleted when the payment process is finished. This frees the container for refilling.

containID owl sits relaxed on a branch and points OK with its wing for privacy.
Shopping with your own, centrally registered packaging: simple, safe, environmentally friendly.

How much does it cost to participate in the no waste shopping system?

A containID– packaging sticker will cost two Euros – it is not a throwaway product. The label is made of waterproof plastic, has an integrated passive short-range radio chip (NFC) and will withstand 500 washings in the dishwasher. It sticks super firmly to almost all clean, grease-free surfaces such as glass, porcelain, earthenware, metal and plastic.

… and by the way, the containID– customer container register, which is working in the background, has to be paid somehow. 🙂

How do I join in as salesman?

If you as a salesperson want to offer bulk goods and the full service (with registration of the containers) to your customers, become a containID partner (green sign).

Participating merchants with the violet symbol can read the containID information but cannot register containers.

Each participating dealer will pay a small amount for the energy consumed per data retrieval.

As soon as the testing phase of our new packaging-free retail concept with our founding project partners is completed, every retailer can register here and off you go – completely unpackaged.

Sticker sign at a shop where you can buy bulk goods with your own registered packaging without littering.
containID – Participant: This merchant can read the containID, but cannot register containers.
Green sticker on the door of a shop where you can weigh and register your own packaging and shop with no waste.
containID – Partner: If this sign is found on the shop, you can register and purchase with your own packaging there.

An unwrapped owl?

What does a cute owl, barely three quarters of a year old, have to do with shopping or packaging? Well, at first glance, maybe not so much. 🙂

Owls are cool fellows. They do their daily work completely unexcited and unnoticed by most people. They do not push themselves into the foreground and do not take part in model competitions.

Owls are clever, calm and act consistently based on knowledge and experience. They are aware that a healthy environment is also best for themselves. That is why they do not spray pesticides or insecticides, eat organically and do not pack their food in waste. 😉

In contrast to the nocturnal fluttermen, our new concept for supporting pack-less shopping works during shop opening hours – but just as unpretentiously, relaxed and efficiently in the background as owls love it.

The cute containID owl loves unpackaged shopping - without packaging waste - at the weekly market, the corner shop and the supermarket.
Owls also fly at our ideas for purchasing with their own, centrally recorded containers.